Scotland centre Tom Philip escapedpunishment by a Six Nations disciplinary panel here Thursday even though they ruledthat his high tackle on Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll in last weekend'sclash was dangerous. But the fact that no ban has been imposed means Philip is clear toplay for Edinburgh in their European Cup quarter-final against French holdersToulouse on April 10. Philip's challenge on O'Driscoll took place during Ireland's 37-16Triple Crown clinching win here at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, a result that condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon after they lost all five oftheir Six Nations games this season. However, the incident was missed by match officials and promptedIreland chiefs, whose side finished second in the table behind Grand-Slam
winners France, to cite Philip. But, after meeting on Wednesday, a disciplinary committeecomprising of Paul Mauriac (France), Terry Vaux (Wales) and former England propJeff Probyn said in a statement issued Thursday they did not believe a suspensionwas justified as the incident was only worth a yellow card. "The committee upheld the citing complaint and judged that,although the tackle was considered dangerous within the meaning of Law 10.4. (e),they believed that the tackle was made recklessly rather than withintent," the statement said. "In our view, referees deal with this type of tackle byissuing a yellow card. In such circumstances, we do not feel that any suspension wouldbe appropriate."
Looking forward to locking horns with France, Conor Murray said: "I know with the type of players and type of game Guy Noves likes to play, they can throw up anything. We've got to be ready for any style of game, an offloading game, a free-flowing game."
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby chats about sharing the defence coaching duties, Sean O'Brien (tight hamstring) sitting out Wednesday's training session and also talks about the strength of the Welsh back row.
Andrew Trimble talks about coming back from injury to make Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad and dealing with the excitement and nervousness ahead of a big game like Sunday's Championship opener against Wales.
We hear from returning front rowers Adam McBurney and Conan O'Donnell, captain James Ryan and fellow newcomer Paul Kiernan as the Ireland Under-20s look forward to opening the U-20 RBS 6 Nations on Friday night against Wales at their new home of Donnybrook.
Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong spoke about the excitement of facing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign, the challenge of scrummaging against Wales and his earliest memories of the Championship - which include apple pie!
We caught up with Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs at the RBS 6 Nations media launch in London. 'Briggsy' is looking forward to the Championship and welcoming some new faces into the Ireland squad.